William Henry Harvey, 1838|
Southern South Africa|
White - Cream-Coloured - Pink / Brown|
Corkscrew Cyrtanthus |
Cyrtanthus smithianus, Herbert, 1840|
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family
was given this name by William Henry Harvey in 1838. It is found in southern
South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over cream-coloured to
pink with darker stripes.
The genera name from Greek;
Kyrtos; 'curved' and Greek; anthos; 'flower' for the
curved flower tube. The species name after Christo Albertyn Smith,
1898–1956, a South African botanist.